Note: This is the third installment in the in the “Wonderful Things” series.
What you are about to see is a truffle-like (although it seems to fruit above-ground) fungus called Pisolithus tinctorius. It has many names, but in the United States it sometimes goes by “dyemaker’s puffball”. From the outside, it sits on the ground like an unassuming horse biscuit (it is called “the horse dung fungus” in Australia). But on the inside, it is a work of art"